“But that is merely reckless valor…”—Otosaka Yuu
Charlotte… This Post won’t be a Review like the other ones until now. This will be something like… How an Anime changed me personally? Kind of Post. I think everyone in the Anime scene has had this before; you watch a series and in the end, you are left sitting in your chair thinking about yourself and what you really want to do in life. No? Well at least for me there were at least six of them.
And Charlotte was such an Anime. It impacted me on a deeper, personal level. For me, it didn’t matter that it had just 12 episodes, or that the last two episodes could have been a whole second season. It was that feeling after I watched the last episode, that I knew I had to do something.
For those of you who don’t know it; Charlotte is basically an Anime revolving around a group of Esper, trying to save other Esper from a cruel fate. Of course, this Anime has a way longer synopsis, but this is more about how it impacted me, rather than about the Anime itself.
Up until that point in my life, I didn’t do a thing. I was just sitting in my chair all day long watching Anime, or playing video games. I was pretty much useless I would say. And then, I saw this beautiful diamond in a sea of grey stones. The very first episode, no second of this Anime already captured me, and never let me go afterward.
I watched the whole thing in one night. I started at around 10 pm, and couldn’t stop, although I had school the other day. I watched the whole thing. After that, I sat there. I don’t know how late it was, probably 2:30 am, thinking about my life. I concluded that I had to do something. The first thing that came into my mind was that I want to travel around the world as Yuu did in the last episode. It really got to me seeing him travel the world collecting all those abilities.
Well, I was 15 years old. At that point, I still thought that was possible with next to no money and no obligations, but you all know it’s not that easy. But still, looking back this was probably the main reason I decided to do an exchange year to Japan. Well not specifically Japan, but there weren’t any other places I would want to stay for a year really, and that is how it came to be Japan.
Japan then was a game changer for me. Although it was two years after I first watched Charlotte. The fact that I wanted to go there mainly to get out of my surroundings, out of my comfort zone out into the world, was still largely thanks to that one night in my chair a few years ago.
I could go on with my exchange year now, but that is something that, for now, doesn’t fit into this Blog. But I will (definitely) make another Post about that in the future. As I already said above there were at least six Anime that changed me in the way Charlotte did. The other five main Anime that changed me in some way are Violet Evergarden, Clannad, Code Geass, Rewrite and Guilty Crown!
These six Anime are undeniably my all-time favorites! They all changed me and how I perceive this world, myself, others, love, hatred, jealousy, I could go on forever, but the point is; that these Anime left such an impact on me, that I have watched some of them a ridiculous amount of times (like Charlotte and Rewrite around 13~15 times), and others just once because the impact they left on me was simply too strong (Clannad, Violet Evergarden).
But still, with all these Anime in mind, having watched so many and all those which changed me, Charlotte still has a special place in my heart for being the first Anime to do so. This Post is somewhat like a big Thank You to Charlotte or rather the ones responsible for it, for allowing me to change this much.
In the future, I might make Posts similar to this one revolving about my big six.
Thank you for reading this far. I hope you could get some kind of merit out of it…
I hope to see you around again on my Blog, I promise my Posts will get better!^^
See you then,
“You are a girl with more than enough courage…”—Otosaka Yuu